Archive for the 'Destination' Category

Destination Story Gold Winner: Paul Theroux’s Cape Cod

Monday, April 25th, 2016

By Michael Shapiro
Wayfaring author returns annually to revel in joys of summer after arduous journeys.
At first glance it might seem surprising to find the roving travel writer and novelist Paul Theroux spending his summers on Cape Cod. Best known for unflinching accounts of extended, gritty journeys, Theroux helped redefine modern travel writing with his 1975 [...]

Bronze Award in Destination: Islands in Time

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

By Catherine Watson
From the mountaintop road above Kvivik, green slopes fell steeply away to the sea, and the sea swept my eyes outward, over the village, to the soft shapes of other islands drifting in the pale blue distance. More than a thousand years of Faroe Islands history lay in that view. [...]

Silver Award in Destination: Gore Vidal’s Old House

Friday, November 1st, 2013

By Mary Jo McConahay

In later years…President Theodore Roosevelt’s daughter, Alice Longworth, congratulated me every time we saw each other: “You got out. So wise.”
—“Reflections on Glory Reflected,” in United States: Essays 1952-1992
The day Gore Vidal died rain fell hard on the roof of his old house alongside the ruins of Our [...]

Gold Award in Destination: In Search of The Scream in Norway

Monday, October 7th, 2013

By Chris Epting
In my mind, travelers are hunters. What do you hunt for when you travel? Experiences, people, souvenirs? We all hunt for something.
I hunt for places.
We were in Oslo, Norway, my teenaged son and I, spending a few days before hopping a ship with Quark Expeditions to explore around the Arctic [...]

Destination Bronze Winner: Embargoed Brothers

Monday, March 12th, 2012

by Tim Weed
An American in Off-Limits Cuba

A decade ago I was riding along the Havana Malecón in a white and blue ’57 Ford with a four-cylinder Toyota engine. The taxi driver overheard my companions speaking English in the back seat. “Where you from?” he asked in Spanish.
“Estados Unidos,” I replied.
“I thought so. [...]

Destination Silver Winner: No Agenda

Monday, March 12th, 2012

by Kim Brown Seely
A Girls’ Trip to Italy
Men have their golf weekends, their guided fly-fishing, and that ultimate male-bonding ritual, the heli-ski week, which costs practically as much as a child’s education.  But when it comes time for women to get away, we often sabotage ourselves with convenient excuses.  As a [...]

Destination Gold Winner: Surreal for Real: The Hidden Jungle Dreamland of Las Pozas

Monday, March 12th, 2012

by Tim Leffel
Hidden in a remote Mexican jungle hours from any large city or airport, the sculpture garden of Sir Edward James is like a dream manifested in the waking world.
It all starts when I land on a travel magazine article, one containing photos of structures that don’t look like anything that could [...]

Animal Encounters Bronze Winner: Touched by a Gorilla

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

by Kim Brown Seely
How Rwanda Reached Out and Grabbed Me.
Charles weighed 400 pounds, stood nearly six feet when fully upright, and was one hundred percent alpha-male.  His massive black head was luxuriantly hairy, and our eyes met daringly as he reclined in a bamboo thicket as big as a Barcalounger.   Charles, I’d [...]

Animal Encounter Silver Winner: How Not to Almost Die Twice in an Elephant Rampage

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

by Wendy Inouye
When you are tramping around on foot in the middle of the African bush, you are offputtingly far from the protection of the police, your embassy, and even Robert Mugabe. Best, then, not to piss off the wildlife. And if you do, try not to do it twice in one day.
Adapted from 11.27.2009 [...]

Destination Story Gold Winner: A Border Rat in the Twilight Zone

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

by Tom Miller
I am a border rat. I’ve been one since the day I hopped back and forth between countries over a fallen, rusty barbed-wire fence in the woodland along the Arizona-Mexico line some 40 years ago. Since that act of joyful anarchy, I’ve traveled the entire length of the frontier numerous times, dined and [...]

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